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BJP converted city of Begum, Badshah to Karnavati: Amit Shah
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | |
The Indian Express
2 days ago | |

The BJP converted Ahmedabad — the city of Begum and Badshah — to Karnavati, while successive Congress governments made Gujarat unsafe through communal riots and smuggling of arms for terrorist activities through porous borders, said Union Minister Amit Shah at Naranpura in Ahmedabad Monday.“BJP sealed the borders, sent smugglers to jail and forced them to leave Gujarat; thus, saving the entire western India from terrorism. Congress governments made Gujarat unsafe through communal riots and smuggling for arms for terrorist activities through porous borders,” Shah said. He also alleged that the Congress tried to delay the Sardar Sarovar project since the dam was named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.While speaking about how the BJP has enforced law and order in the state, he referred to how Jagannath Rath Yatra had to be stopped due to communal riots in Ahmedabad. He also said not a single police station in Gujarat had to impose a single day of curfew in the past 20 years.Talking about the Sabarmati Riverfront, Shah said the Congress had agitated saying that the land acquired on the banks of Sabarmati will be given away to industrialists. “Today, the riverfront has become the centre of activity in the city,” he reminded.Shah also highlighted the party’s efforts to ensure that Ahmedabad could host the Olympic Games in 2036.Earlier in the day, as he addressed an election campaign for BJP candidate Ketan Inamdar at Savli Assembly seat in Vadodara, Shah blamed the Congress for delaying the Sardar Sarovar project since the dam was named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.“(Pandit Jawaharlal) Nehru had laid the foundation stone of the dam in 1961, even before I was born, but it was Morarji Desai’s ‘mistake’ that he named it after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The moment the dam became Sardar Sarovar, the Congress stepped back and did not want to complete the project… They couldn’t make do with the name,” alleged Shah.Referring to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as “mauni Baba”, Shah also blamed the Congress’s “vote bank politics” for the continuous attacks on Indian soldiers by Pakistan.Shah attributed the completion of the project to Modi’s grit during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat due to which the Central Government was forced to clear the construction of the dam.“The Congress leaders ask what benefit Savli has if the Narmada water reaches Saurashtra and Kutch… Will it not benefit Savli when those areas prosper because of Narmada water and bring along overall growth? But how does one explain this to the Congress because the distance between Congress and wisdom is 300 miles,” he charged.Yet again reminding the “lesson taught” to rioters during the 2002 riots of Gujarat, Shah said, “They (Congress) orchestrated the Hindu-Muslim riots and ensured that there was a curfew for 250 of the 365 days… Bombs used to be found from homes of their cabinet ministers and 200 people would get stabbed daily in Ahmedabad jail. In 2001, when Narendrabhai became the chief minister, no man had the courage to cast an evil eye on the rath yatra of Lord Jagannath… The Congress had backed rioters always and so in 2002, they (miscreants) made another attempt to create a riot. But they were taught such a lesson that they never lifted their heads again.”Due to “vote bank politics”, Shah alleged, for 10 years until 2014, the UPA government did nothing when “the Pakistanis would come and cut the heads of our soldiers”. “In 2014, Narendra Modi became the PM but Pakistan did not realise what difference it would make if the BJP was in power… When Pakistan attacked Pulwama and killed our soldiers, within 10 days, Narendrabhai gave orders to the Army and Airforce to teach them a lesson… He has sent across a message that no one should play around with the borders and soldiers of India or they will have to pay a price.”

BJP converted city of Begum, Badshah to Karnavati: Amit Shah
BJP taught 2002 rioters a lesson, established ‘eternal peace’ in Gujarat: Amit Shah
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | |
The Indian Express
6 days ago | |

RAISING THE pitch in the countdown to the Assembly elections next month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Friday that “such a lesson was taught in 2002” to “those engaging in communal riots” in Gujarat that it led to “akhand shanti” (eternal peace) in the state under the BJP.In 2002, Gujarat witnessed large-scale violence in the communal riots that followed the burning of a Sabarmati Express coach, packed with Ayodhya kar sevaks, in Godhra.Addressing a rally in Mahudha in Kheda district — the Mahudha seat is currently held by the Congress — Shah said, “Aa 2002 ma, Congressiyao e aadat paadi hati, etle ramkhan thaya hata. Pan 2002 ma evo paath sikhvadiyo, ke kho bhuli gaya. 2002 thi 2022 sudi naam na le (In 2002, communal riots took place because the Congress people let it become a habit. But such a lesson was taught in 2002 that it was not repeated from 2002 to 2022).”“Gujarat ni andar qaumi hullado karva vaada ne, kadak haathe pagla bhari, Gujarat ni Bharatiya Janata Party ni sarkar ae, Gujarat ma akhand shanti ni stapna kari chhe, mitron” (Strict action has been taken by the BJP government against those engaging in communal riots in Gujarat and this has established eternal peace),” he said.Shah had made a passing reference to the 2002 riots in an election speech in Deesa in Banaskantha district on November 22. “In 2001, Narendra Modi came to power and after 2002, there was no need to put curfew anywhere. Everyone fell in place. Is there a mafia now? Is there a dada (gangster)?” he had told the gathering.On Friday, Shah referred to 2002 again while addressing public meetings at Jhalod in Dahod and Vagra in Bharuch.“During Congress rule (in Gujarat), didn’t communal riots happen? In 2002, during the reign of Narendra Modi (then chief minister of Gujarat) they tried to do the same. They were taught such a lesson that it is now 2022 and nobody raises a head. Those who used to organise communal riots have gone outside Gujarat. The BJP established peace in Gujarat and made it a region without curfew,” he told the gathering consisting largely of tribals in Jhalod.In Vagra, which has a significantly high Muslim population, Shah said, “This land has seen a lot of communal riots — curfew and stabbings. How will development happen in such circumstances? In 2002, these people last showed courage. Isn’t that so? Such a lesson was taught during that time. One by one, they were sorted and put in jail. It has been 22 years and not once was there a need to impose curfew.”“The lotus of BJP saved Gujarat from the fire of communal riots and took it on the path of development,” he said.Shah also addressed a public meeting in the Naroda constituency of Ahmedabad city late in the evening when he said that the opposition Congress has no right to talk about establishing peace in Gujarat.“Congress has ruled for years. And if there is anyone who has ravaged Gujarat through communal riots, it is Congress people…Nobody has the courage to do communal riots (now),” Shah said. He was campaigning for BJP candidate Payal Kukrani, who is the daughter of 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre convict, Manoj Kukrani, who was sentenced to life imprisonment and is currently out on bail.“In 2002, a mischief was done… the BJP government tightened the noose of law so sternly that it taught a lesson to those doing the riots,” he said.Targeting the Congress further, Shah claimed that the party neither abrogated Article 370 in J&K nor strengthened places of “our faith” out of “fear of its votebank”. “Congress people can be scared of its votebank, but not BJP people. Do you know what their vote bank is?” Shah repeated the question more than once, and as the audience replied in the affirmative, said, “Then, I am not spelling it out.”In Mahudha earlier, Shah took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, too. “He (Rahul Gandhi) is not going to come to Mahudha. He knows the results, and so he is not showing his face in Gujarat,” he said.

BJP taught 2002 rioters a lesson, established ‘eternal peace’ in Gujarat: Amit Shah
Riots, curfew, in Cong’s genes, says UP CM
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

RAPAR: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that riots, curfew, hooliganism and corruption are in the Congress party's "genes". Speaking at a campaign rally at Rapar in Gujarat's Kutch district for the BJP's candidates for the assembly elections, he also said that Congress could have never got a Ram temple constructed in Ayodhya. "Riots, curfew, hooliganism and corruption are the identity of the Congress. Wherever Congress goes, it carries these things as part of its inheritance. These are parts of its genes," Adityanath said. "Construction of the Ram temple is going on on war footing in Ayodhya. Could Congress get Ram Mandir constructed in Ayodhya? Never trust the Congress. Congress could never have constructed Ram Mandir. Sardar Patel worked to revive the Somnath temple but Congress had opposed it," he said. Gujarat has always provided leadership to the country during crises, Adityanath said. "Son of the soil Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat, provided leadership to the country to gain freedom from the British. When the British wanted to divide India into pieces, Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel contributed to unite India. Congress may not have given respect to Sardar Patel, but under (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's leadership, the BJP government has given Patel respect by erecting the tallest statue in the world at Kevadia," the BJP leader said. When the Congress' corruption and dynastic politics was hurting the country's politics, Gujarat provided Modi as prime minister, Adityanath further said. "Today, under Prime Minister Modi's leadership, India is achieving new heights of development. India is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence," he said, adding that India has also become the fifth biggest economy leaving behind Britain which once ruled over the country. India will host the next year's G20 summit under Modi's leadership, which symbolises the increasing respect it commands on the global stage, the UP CM said. Under Modi, the country's borders have become secure and terrorism and naxalism have ended, he said. "Gujarat witnessed riots, hooliganism of all kind in the past, and after Modi became chief minister, hooliganism, riots and curfew ended and Gujarat is presenting a new model of development," he said.

Riots, curfew, in Cong’s genes, says UP CM
‘Cong left no stone unturned in insulting Sardar Patel’
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD VADODARA/ANAND: Union home minister Amit Shah claimed on Tuesday that Congress did everything possible to insult India’s Iron Man, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and that it had started praising him only now because of the Gujarat assembly elections. He also reiterated that BJP has put an end to ‘curfew era’ which prevailed in the state during the Congress regime in Gujarat. Addressing a rally in Ahmedabad in the evening, Shah alleged that successive Congress governments dragged their feet over the Narmada dam project because Sardar Patel’s name was connected with it. “Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of the project even before I was born. I am now 58 years old. After Nehru, there was Indira Gandhi, then Rajiv Gandhi and then Sonia Gandhi, but the project kept lingering because Sardar Patel’s name was connected to it,” he said. Earlier, addressing a rally in Khambat, Shah said: “From Jawaharlal Nehru to Sonia Gandhi, the entire Nehru-Gandhi family took the utmost care to see that Sardar Patel’s name is omitted, but Narendrabhai made such a statue that whether they (Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress) wish or don’t wish, the entire world visits Sardar saheb’s statue.” Taking further potshots at Congress, he said no photos of Congress members paying a visit to the Statue of Unity (SoU) can be seen. “Before 1990, communal riots and smuggling were rampant in the state. Curfew remained imposed for 250 out of 365 days of the year. After BJP came to power, there has been an era of peace, accompanied with rapid development in the state,” Shah said. He also accused Congress of opposing the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya and the law prohibiting triple talaq for vote bank politics. “But their time is now over and PM Modi’s time has started. Rahul Baba (Gandhi), book a ticket to Ayodhya because a grand temple is going to be inaugurated on January 1, 2024,” he said. Listing out projects like the Kashi Vishwanath corridor and Mahakaal corridor, along with makeover of temples like the Somnath temple, Ambaji temple and Pavagadh temple, Shah said, “Congress could have done these things, but they did not. They feared vote bank. But BJP does not fear any vote bank,” he said. He charged Congress and other parties with opposing the move to abrogate Article 370. “They said it will lead to rivers of bloodshed. Rahul Baba, today nobody dares throw a pebble in Kashmir and it stands like the crown of Ma Bharti,” he said amid a loud cheer from the audience. Gujarat polls: I'm peoples' servant, says PM Narendra Modi on 'aukaat' rantHe said militancy was rampant in Kashmir during the tenure of Manmohan Singh as PM, but with the surgical strike, PM Modi has controlled cross-border terrorism. “And then, Rahul Gandhi asked for proof of the surgical strike,” he said. Taking a dig at both Congress and AAP, Shah asked if these parties were capable of making India and Gujarat secure. “Can these parties make Gujarat secure? Only BJP is capable of this,” he said.

‘Cong left no stone unturned in insulting Sardar Patel’
Shah says Gujarat is a role model in implementing welfare schemes while inaugurating Anupam schools
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Gujarat has become a model of development in the country due to smooth implementation of various schemes for public welfare and assistance in almost every sector, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Gandhinagar Sunday.“Before the BJP rule in the state, the drop-out ratio in primary education was 37 per cent. This has come down to less than 3 per cent during the BJP rule. Earlier, only 67 out of every 100 children were enrolled in schools, that is, only 40 per cent of children were getting primary education. Today, this has reached 100 per cent and nearly zero per cent drop-out rate,” Shah said addressing the public at the inauguration of four smart schools by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).As part of the “untiring efforts of the then Chief Minister and current Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi and innovative approaches in the field of primary education” such as shala praveshotsav, kanya kelavani, gunotsav and teachers training, Gujarat is an example in the country today in the education sector. This is the beginning of a new chapter in primary education in Gujarat, he added.Shah’s statements came amid Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hitting out at the Gujarat government and the BJP for the alleged poor state of education in the state.In a veiled reference to Kejriwal’s recent rallies in Gujarat, the Union Minister said there were two types of people with the assembly elections around the corner—one, who work hard and sweat for five years and through jan seva and their public work, contest elections through political parties, and the second, those who get new kurta-pyajama stitched and come out in public with promises five months ahead of elections. “Gujarat people know the karya sanskriti well,” he added.Lashing out at the Congress, Shah said, “As elections approach, the Congress will come out and talk about caste and religion and new promises. It is their habit. At the same time, I also know that Gujarat knows everyone—Congress, BJP and importantly, Narendra Modi. Under Modi’s guidance, the 20 years of development will continue for another five years.”There was no law and order in the state during the Congress rule and that changed after Modi became the chief minister, he said.He added that after the BJP government came to power, curfew has become a thing of the past. “When children are asked about curfew in exams, they don’t know the answer as they have not experienced curfew in the last 20 years,” he said.He emphasised that villages of Gujarat now have round-the-clock electricity, unlike 20 years ago. “Gujarat people keep a hisab kitab of what has been done in 20 years. I would like to tell the youth that they have not seen the Congress rule. Don’t do any such thing that turns out to be a mistake and lose your peace. Ask your elders how Gujarat was earlier and how the BJP has turned it (around),” the minister said.Shah, along with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, virtually inaugurated four Anupam (smart) schools—Gandhinagar School Number 2 Nava Vadaj, Naranpura Gujarati School Number 6, Ghatlodia School number 2 and Thaltej School number 2—prepared at a total cost of Rs 9.54 crore by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation School Board at an event in Nava Vadaj.Around 3,200 children from poor and middle-class families of the city will benefit from the 20 Anupam schools constructed of which four were launched Sunday. Currently, AMC school board has a total of 459 schools with an enrollment of 1.7 lakh.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTaking forward the slogan of at least one smart school in each ward, AMC School Board has plans to start 63 more Anupam schools by November, Chairman Sujoy Mehta told this newspaper. “As per the plan, nearly 1.5 lakh children will benefit from the smart schools in the coming days who would get education using technology and latest devices that are used in a private school,” he said.The government aims to provide quality basic education to the poor and middle class children of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar through its 83 smart schools. The first smart school came up at Kankaria Municipal School Number 5 and 6 in 2019.

Shah says Gujarat is a role model in implementing welfare schemes while inaugurating Anupam schools
State has forgotten words like riots & curfew: Shah
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday congratulated Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and MoS (Home) Harsh Sanghavi on their efforts to modernise the state police. Shah who was in the state to inaugurate the police modernisation projects, including the filing of e-FIRs expressed confidence that the state police will continue to use technology to curb crime and ensure the safety of citizens.Shah praised initiatives like Aashwast and Vishwas to expand the CCTV network in the state and said more cameras should be installed at railway stations, private societies, ports and religious sites.“When the network is connected with a command and control room the security will strengthen further,” said Shah.He said Gujarat was first in the country to introduce E-Cop under which all police stations in the state were computerised. He added that the initiatives of the Narendra Modi government have ensured that over 96% of the police stations in the country are now connected online.“Centre funded the technology to make it possible and the states only needed to get an extension from the central government,” said Shah. He also said that words like curfew and riot have disappeared and infiltration through sea had come down to zero.He also mentioned the Tiranga Abhiyan where everyone will fly the national flag atop their homes on August 13, 14 and 15. He said the flag will be available from tiranga e-commerce websites and post offices.Addressing the media, CM Bhupendra Patel said the Gujarat Police has played a pivotal role in the development of the state. He said two decades ago areas were known for their goons, but since PM Narendra Modi took over as the chief minister of Gujarat things changed. “The youth have not heard of riots or curfew in the state,” said Patel.MoS Home Harsh Sanghavi said Gujarat citizens can now file an online FIR for mobile and vehicle thefts. He said the state police have brought a reward policy to end the drug menace. Those providing information about drug trafficking and peddling will be rewarded, he said.

State has forgotten words like riots & curfew: Shah
SL Opposition offers support to new govt
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

Sri Lanka’s main Opposition party Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) on Monday said it would offer conditional support to the interim all-party government headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to help tackle the country’s crippling economic and political crisis.Wickremesinghe, the United National Party (UNP) leader was appointed as Sri Lanka’s 26th prime minister on Thursday as the country was without a government since Monday when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother and prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned after violence erupted following an attack on anti-government protesters by his supporters.“As a responsible political party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya believes saving the country from the current crisis is of the utmost importance,” the SJB said in a statement.“Accordingly, without taking any portfolio and on behalf of the betterment of the country, SJB in its parliamentary group discussion today decided to fully support the current government in its efforts on economic recovery,” it said. But the support came with certain riders. “If the government groups try to accommodate defections from SJB, the parliamentary group has decided to unconditionally withdraw this support,” it added.Police under pressure to arrest pro-govt mobSri Lankan police on Monday came under pressure to arrest the Rajapaksa family loyalists involved in attacks on peaceful protesters last week, even as it arrested over 200 people on various charges following the violence that left nine people dead. The clashes forced a curfew being imposed last Monday. Police have arrested some 230 people on charges including violation of curfew, attacking the public and causing damages to properties. The Attorney General too had asked the police to expedite the investigations. The government-backed mob went berserk attacking the protesters.

SL Opposition offers support to new govt
Curfew eased in Lanka; new PM forms Cabinet
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

#ColomboSri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday appointed four members of the ruling party to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Cabinet, including G L Peiris as the Foreign Minister, even as the premier called for bipartisanship to tackle the island’s crippling economic crisis.Dinesh Gunawardena has been sworn in as the Minister of Public administration, Peiris as the Foreign Minister, Prasanna Ranatunga as the Minister of Urban Development and housing and Kanchana Wijesekara as the Minister of Power and Energy.Sri Lanka lifted a nationwide curfew for 12 hours today, further easing tight curbs as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sought to form a government after clashes with anti-government groups killed nine people.More than a month of predominantly peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital Colombo, burning tents and clashing with protesters.The initial clashes and reprisals against government figures also left more than 300 injured.The government lifted the curfew from 6 am to 6 pm. A 24-hour curfew imposed on May 9 had been lifted for a few hours on May 12 and May 13 to allow purchase of essential supplies.Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down after violence flared on May 9, leaving his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa to rule on as president.Hit hard by the pandemic, rising oil prices and tax cuts by the populist government, Sri Lanka is in the throes of its worst economic crisis since independence from Great Britain in 1948.Useable foreign reserves have dwindled, and rampant inflation and shortages of fuel have brought thousands onto the streets in protest.Ranil Wickremesinghe, a five-time prime minister, was appointed to another term late on Thursday. The 73-year-old was expected to begin appointing ministers before parliament reconvenes on Tuesday.Wickremesinghe is the sole lawmaker from his United National Party to hold a seat in parliament, and will be reliant on other parties to form a coalition government. The Rajapaksas’ Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has pledged to support Wickremesinghe.The main opposition has ruled out supporting him, but several smaller parties have said they would back policies by the new prime minister to stabilise the economy.

Curfew eased in Lanka; new PM forms Cabinet
Section 144 back in riot-hit MP’s Khargone
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

Section 144 has been re-imposed in the riot-hit Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh as a preventive measure.A notification issued jointly by the district administration and the police on Wednesday stated that no rallies, processions, Jagarans and shobha yatras or political rallies will be allowed in the district till July 10.It came a week after the administration had lifted curfew from the riot-hit area claiming that the situation had returned to normal in the district. Last time section 144 was imposed was on April 11, a day after communal violence broke out in the district during the Navratri festival.Restrictions were re-imposed a day after a group Muslim women took out a rally in accusing the police of harassing women and arresting the people without proper verification. A delegation of Muslim women on Tuesday staged a protest at SP office alleging that police have arrested children and senior citizens.”Police are barging into houses of Muslims and arresting men and children. They are harassing women as well. We are living in a fearful situation,” a Muslim woman told reporters.While Muslim women alleged harassment by police in the name of arrests-searching, ASP-Khargone, Neeraj Chaurasia assured of befitting action. Chauaria further informed that the administration is currently engaged in efforts for peace in Khargone, which recently witnessed communal riots.Notably, as many as 182 people have so far been arrested in 72 cases registered in connection with the violence. Among the injured was SP Siddharth Choudhary, who was hit by a bullet in his leg. Police arrested a man, identified as Mohsin aka Waseem, for the firing incident.Communal clashes broke out in Khargone on the occasion of Ram Navami on April 10, leading to violence, with incidents of Arson and stone-pelting. A curfew was imposed immediately.

Section 144 back in riot-hit MP’s Khargone
Ahmedabad: Ice cream sales sizzling hot this summer
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

VADODARA/ AHMEDABAD: If the heat is back with a bang, so is the coolant. For ice cream makers it can’t get hot enough this summer as the sales chart has already busted pre-Covid levels. And it’s mid-March only. Going by this trend, the ice cream sales this summer are expected to shatter all previous records. The tasteless past two years owing to lockdown and fears pushed ice cream out of flavour and sales dipped to an all-time low, registering a drop of almost 85%. “However, in the first 15 days of March itself, Amul’s ice cream sales have tripled compared to financial year 2020,” R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), told TOI. Sodhi said, “We are not even considering the past two years when it comes to ice cream sales.” Amul, which enjoys a 41% share in India’s organized ice cream market estimated to be around Rs 4,000 crore, will rely only on in-house consumption in the summer of 2020. “The ice cream segment is driven by in-house consumption, out-of-home consumption, and the HoReCa (hotels, restaurants, and catering) segment. Both out-of-home consumption and the HoReCa segment were impacted due to restrictions imposed because of Covid-19,” he said. The re-introduction of curbs in the summer of 2021 threatened to throw cold water on ice cream manufacturers’ joy after the sales started to plummet yet again, but the recent easing of restrictions has revived hopes. Lifting the night curfew was the candy on top of the sundae for ice cream sales. “With no curfew totally, there is truly a positive sentiment among people who are venturing out at peace in the night and enjoying ice cream with their loved ones,” said Pradeep Chona, who founded Huber and Holly brand of ice creams in Ahmedabad. He added that the brand suffered hefty losses over the past couple of years but is hopeful of sweetening the bitter past with a good recovery this year. “Footfalls have already started since mid-February when the weather had just begun to warm up. With Covid-19 cases receding, people have also mostly shed their inhibitions of getting a sore throat or cold from indulging in ice cream. If such a trend remains, we comfortably expect to clock pre-pandemic sales volumes,” said Parth Patel, a fourth-generation entrepreneur of an Ahmedabad-based local ice cream brand.

Ahmedabad: Ice cream sales sizzling hot this summer
  • Ahmedabad: Ice cream sales sizzling hot this summer
  • Times of India

    VADODARA/ AHMEDABAD: If the heat is back with a bang, so is the coolant. For ice cream makers it can’t get hot enough this summer as the sales chart has already busted pre-Covid levels. And it’s mid-March only. Going by this trend, the ice cream sales this summer are expected to shatter all previous records. The tasteless past two years owing to lockdown and fears pushed ice cream out of flavour and sales dipped to an all-time low, registering a drop of almost 85%. “However, in the first 15 days of March itself, Amul’s ice cream sales have tripled compared to financial year 2020,” R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), told TOI. Sodhi said, “We are not even considering the past two years when it comes to ice cream sales.” Amul, which enjoys a 41% share in India’s organized ice cream market estimated to be around Rs 4,000 crore, will rely only on in-house consumption in the summer of 2020. “The ice cream segment is driven by in-house consumption, out-of-home consumption, and the HoReCa (hotels, restaurants, and catering) segment. Both out-of-home consumption and the HoReCa segment were impacted due to restrictions imposed because of Covid-19,” he said. The re-introduction of curbs in the summer of 2021 threatened to throw cold water on ice cream manufacturers’ joy after the sales started to plummet yet again, but the recent easing of restrictions has revived hopes. Lifting the night curfew was the candy on top of the sundae for ice cream sales. “With no curfew totally, there is truly a positive sentiment among people who are venturing out at peace in the night and enjoying ice cream with their loved ones,” said Pradeep Chona, who founded Huber and Holly brand of ice creams in Ahmedabad. He added that the brand suffered hefty losses over the past couple of years but is hopeful of sweetening the bitter past with a good recovery this year. “Footfalls have already started since mid-February when the weather had just begun to warm up. With Covid-19 cases receding, people have also mostly shed their inhibitions of getting a sore throat or cold from indulging in ice cream. If such a trend remains, we comfortably expect to clock pre-pandemic sales volumes,” said Parth Patel, a fourth-generation entrepreneur of an Ahmedabad-based local ice cream brand.

  • Ice cream sales stays hot this summer
  • Times of India

    Vadodara/ Ahmedabad: If the heat is back with a bang, so is the coolant. For ice cream makers it can’t get hot enough this summer as the sales chart has already busted pre-Covid levels. And it’s mid-March only. Going by this trend, the ice cream sales this summer are expected to shatter all previous records. The tasteless past two years owing to pandemic-induced lockdown and fears pushed ice cream out of flavour and sales dipped to an all-time low, registering a drop of almost 85%. “However, in the first 15 days of March itself, Amul’s ice cream sales have tripled compared to financial year 2020,” R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), told TOI. Sodhi said, “We are not even considering the past two years when it comes to ice cream sales.” Amul, which enjoys a 41% share in India’s organized ice cream market estimated to be around Rs 4,000 crore, will rely only on in-house consumption in the summer of 2020. “The ice cream segment is driven by in-house consumption, out-of-home consumption, and the HoReCa (hotels, restaurants, and catering) segment. Both out-of-home consumption and the HoReCa segment were impacted due to restrictions imposed because of Covid-19,” he said. The re-introduction of curbs in the summer of 2021 threatened to throw cold water on ice cream manufacturers’ joy after the sales started to plummet yet again, but the recent easing of restrictions has revived hopes. Lifting the night curfew was the candy on top of the sundae for ice cream sales. “With no curfew totally, there is truly a positive sentiment among people who are venturing out at peace in the night and enjoying ice cream with their loved ones,” said Pradeep Chona, who founded Huber and Holly brand of ice creams in Ahmedabad. He added that the brand suffered hefty losses over the past couple of years but is hopeful of sweetening the bitter past with a good recovery this year. “Footfalls have already started since mid-February when the weather had just begun to warm up. With Covid-19 cases receding, people have also mostly shed their inhibitions of getting a sore throat or cold from indulging in ice cream. If such a trend remains, we comfortably expect to clock pre-pandemic sales volumes,” said Parth Patel, a fourth-generation entrepreneur of an Ahmedabad-based local ice cream brand.

Night curfew lifted in A’bad and Vadodara
Ahmedabad Mirror | 9 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
9 months ago | |

With a drastic decline in coronavirus cases, the State government has announced lifting of night curfew in Ahmedabad and Vadodara cities from February 25, a statement from the government said on Thursday.Curfew was in force from 12 midnight to 5am in Ahmedabad and Vadodara as part of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus. From Friday, there will be no restrictions on movement in these two cities even at night.Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel took the decision after reviewing the situation, officials said.Meanwhile, as per the new guidelines, religious, educational, political and social functions including marriages can be organised in open spaces with 75 per cent capacity, while in closed premises like halls it would be with 50 per cent capacity.Those engaged in commercial activities, such as shopkeepers and their employees, will be mandated to have taken two doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines.Face masks and social distancing continue to be a must at public places, the statement added.

Night curfew lifted in A’bad and Vadodara
  • Gujarat: No night curfew in Ahmedabad, Vadodara
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: With the number of new Covid-19 cases seeing a marked decrease, the Gujarat government revised its Covid-19 guidelines by removing the mandated night curfew from Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The state home department issued a notification on Thursday, removing night curfew from Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The new guidelines come into force on Friday, February 25. The notification stays in force till March 1. All other guidelines remain unchanged, the notification said. Earlier, the government removed the night curfew in a phased manner - first from 19 towns and then the six cities of Surat, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagadh. With night curfew removed from Ahmedabad and Vadodara with effect from Friday, all cities are now free of night curfew. The government has not changed other restrictions. All types of political, social (including weddings), educational, sports and religious activities can be held at 75% capacity of plots if held in the open. If held in closed premises such as auditoriums or halls, a maximum of 50% of capacity can be filled.

  • Gujarat: Night curfew lifted in Ahmedabad and Vadodara
  • Nyoooz

    Ahmedabad, Feb 24 (PTI) Following a sharp drop in new coronavirus cases, the Gujarat government has decided to lift night curfew in Ahmedabad and Vadodara cities from February 25, an official release said here on Thursday.Ahmedabad and Vadodara were the only two cities where curfew between 12 midnight and 5 am was in force until now as part of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.From Friday, there will be no restrictions on movement in these two cities even at night.The decision was taken by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel after reviewing the situation, officials said.Further, as per the new guidelines, all kinds of religious, educational, political and social functions including marriages can be organized in open places with 75 per cent capacity, and with 50 per cent capacity in closed premises (such as halls).It is mandatory for people engaged in commercial activities, such as shopkeepers and their employees, to have taken two doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines.Face masks and social distancing will remain mandatory at public places, the release said. PTI PJT PD KRK KRK KRKYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

Covid cases slide, curbs likely to be eased from today
Ahmedabad Mirror | 9 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
9 months ago | |

The government is mulling to ease the Covid restrictions that were put in place when the third wave began in the state. The stringent Covid-19 SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) is all set to expire on February 18, 2022. Sources in the know said given the drop in Covid cases, several restrictions are likely to be eased. It is also expected that the new guidelines to be issued on Thursday evening may see mask violation fines being reduced.Easing of Covid restrictions and reduction in mask violation fines were among the points discussed during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel andattended by top officials on Wednesday.Sources said several officials who attended the meeting wanted the mask fine to be reduced and some Covid restrictions including curfew timings to be eased.“Business timings for shops, other business establishments and restaurants could also be relaxed. Restrictions on social, commercial and political gatherings are also expected to be eased,” said the sources.A top home department official said government and police officials and members of the Covid task force will meet again on Thursday to decide on the new Covid guidelines, which could be issued in the evening on the same day.A government official said that to reduce the fine for mask violation the state will have to follow the necessary legal procedure as it was increased as per the HC’s directions.Mask was made mandatory in March 2020 during the first wave of Covid.Initially, violators had to pay a fine of Rs100, but as cases and fatalities surged, the penalty increased to Rs1000 following intervention by theGujarat High Court, which continues.Unlike the first and second waves, cops are not very strict about mask violation during the third wave. However, the curfew, which is in place from 12 am to 6 am, is strictly implemented.

Covid cases slide, curbs likely to be eased from today
Ahmedabad man fixes beacon on car to roam freely during curfew hours; arrested
Times Now | 9 months ago | |
Times Now
9 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: The police on Saturday arrested a man who fixed a red-and-blue beacon on his car to roam about in the city during curfew hours. The beacon is used by emergency services such as police, ambulances, fire services etc…An FIR has been filed with the Nikol police. The police spotted the car when they were checking vehicles at Nikol-Kathwada Road during curfew hours on Saturday night, reported The Times Of India.After spotting car with the beacon, the police asked the driver to stop the vehicle. When they checked the vehicle, they found the beacon which the driver had fixed to roam freely during curfew hours.The man has been identified as Rupesh Barot (26), a resident of Singarwa. Upon checking, he failed to produce any permit to show that he had the license to keep or use the beacon. Upon questioning, he told the police that he kept the beacon and posed as a policeman so that he could roam freely during curfew hours.The police have registered a complaint against him under the charges of violation of curfew notification and impersonation. An investigation in the case is underway.RELATED NEWS Ahmedabad: Three men held for kidnapping, raping friend’s 14-year-old nieceAhmedabad: Sex racket operating under guise of running spa at Vastrapur busted; owner on the run2008 Ahmedabad bombings: Gujarat court convicts 49 accused, acquits 28 others

Ahmedabad man fixes beacon on car to roam freely during curfew hours; arrested
  • Man arrested for using police beacon on his car in Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: A man who wanted to roam in the city during curfew hours, fixed a red-and-blue beacon used by cops on his car, but landed in police lock-up on Saturday.According to an FIR filed with Nikol police, the cops stationed at Nikol-Kathwada Road were checking vehicles during curfew hours on Saturday night. At that time, they spotted a car with the red-and-blue beacon on it. The police asked the driver to stop the vehicle. When the cops checked the car, they found the police beacon, which the drived had installed to move freely during the curfew hours. The man identified as Rupesh Barot, 26, a resident of Singarwa, could not produce any permit to show that he had the licence to keep the beacon. In the primary questioning, he told the cops that he wanted to roam in the night, posing as a policeman.Nikol police registered a complaint of violation of curfew notification and impersonation against Barot and began an investigation.

Night curfew from 12 midnight to 5 am now
Ahmedabad Mirror | 9 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
9 months ago | |

With Covid cases dipping significantly, the state government on Thursday further relaxed Covid night curfew regulations. After more than a month of curfew timings from 10 pm to 6 am, the curfew will now be from 12 midnight to 5 am till February 18. Moreover, curfew will be in force in just eight municipal corporation areas. Earlier, on January 7 the state government had imposed curfew from 10 pm to 6 am. This was done as the cases increased during the third wave. The curfew was imposed in 28 cities and towns.This week the government also decided to start offline classes in schools and colleges.President of Hotel and Restaurant Association, Gujarat, Narendra Somani said, “We are happy with the Gujarat government notification on reducing curfew timings. This will allow 10,000 restaurants and hotels in the city to do business well and help them manage their overhead expenses like property rentals. It will also boost confidence of food lovers to visit eateries without fear.”Dilip Thakkar, Co founder of Food entrepreneurs Alliance, said, “The relaxation in curfew timings will not only help restaurants and hotels, it will also allow the citizens to relish food with friends and family at ease.”Gujarat reports 2,275 new Covid casesMeanwhile, the number of Covid cases continued to fall on Thursday. The state reported 2,275 new cases against 2,560 on Wednesday and 2,502 on Tuesday.Ahmedabad city reported 700 new cases, followed by 292 cases in Vadodara city. There were 99 in rural Vadodara and 96 in Mehsana, 91 in Gandhinagar city and 90 in Banaskantha. Other districts reported fewer than 90 cases.Gujarat on Thursday reported 21 official Covid deaths, slightly fewer than 24 the previous day.

Night curfew from 12 midnight to 5 am now
  • Covid-19: Curfew from midnight to 5am in Gujarat
  • Times of India

    Gandhinagar: Following a marked reduction in new Covid-19 cases reported, the Gujarat government relaxed night curfews in the eight major cities of the state, including Ahmedabad. Instead of 10pm to 6am, night curfew will now be in force from midnight to 5am in these cities. On Thursday, 2,275 new Covid cases were registered in the state.The core committee also decided to do away with the night curfew altogether in 19 other towns and cities.After cases began rising in December,the government imposed curfew in 17 towns including Surendranagar, Dhrangradhra, Morbi, Wankaner, Dhoraji, Gondal, Jetpur, Kalawad, Godhra, Vijalpore, Navsari, Bilimora, Vyarav, Vyapar, Bharuch and Ankleshwar.The new regulations will remain come into force from Friday and are valid till February 18, a government notification issued on Thursday said.All other Covid-19 regulations have remain unchanged. These include regulations for commercial establishments, attendance at weddings, last rites and political, social, educational and religious functions.The home department notification said public transport can ply at 75% capacity and cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, water parks, libraries, auditoriums and assembly halls can operate at 50% capacity. Like earlier, parks and gardens will remain open till 10pm.The notification said educational institutions can operate according to guidelines issued by the education department.

Gujarat: Newly wed couple, family members held for violating night curfew; IG orders inquiry against police personnel
Times Now | 10 months ago | |
Times Now
10 months ago | |

Surat: A newlywed couple and their seven family members were arrested in Valsad onTuesday for allegedly breaching the night curfew restrictionswhile going home after the wedding ceremony.An inquiry has been ordered by Surat Range IG Rajkumar Pandian against the policeman who was involved in the incident.After an hour, the couple and other arrested members were released on bail.Inspector V H Jadeja and his teams were on night patrol in Valsad town on Tuesday. At 12.30 am they stopped three vehicles in which a couple and others were travelling.They were taken to the Valsad town police station and charged under IPC sections 188 (disobeying a police order) and 269 (disobeying a court order) (indulging in a negligent act which may spread the infection), The Indian Express reported.The arrested people included councillor and former president of Valsad municipality Rajesh Patel and his wife Meera Patel. It also included Vikash Patel, councillor of Valsad municipality.Rajesh Patel wrote to State Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi and Surat Range IGP Rajkumar Pandian on Tuesday afternoon, urging that they take action against the Valsad town police station officers for their "inhuman behaviour."Rajesh Patel said that the date of the wedding was set a month ago, and the night curfew was announced just a few days ago. We asked the cops to let the couple go home, but they refused, Rajesh Patel said.Amid a surge in daily COVID-19 infections, the Gujarat government had announced a night curfew and other restrictions in major cities in a bid to contain the virus spread.A night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am had been imposed in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Anand, and Nadiad, according to the state government.

Gujarat: Newly wed couple, family members held for violating night curfew; IG orders inquiry against police personnel
  • Newly-wed couple held for violating night curfew
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    In a rare incident, a bride and groom who were returning from their wedding party at 11.30 pm were detained by the patrolling police in Valsad for violation of curfew timings. The couple was released after four hours but the incident has angered local people. The bride and the groom along with 10 others accompanying them were detained.The marriage was being held in the family of former Valsad corporator Raju Marcha, who was among those detained. According to Marcha, the wedding timings and date had been decided before the change in night curfew timings, and invitations had been sent out. The wedding rituals were completed well within time and they were entering Valsad when the police stopped them, he said.The groom Piyush Patel said, “The police treated us badly. We were a litte late but apologised for that. Our family requested the police to spare the bride and groom but they were unrelenting. We were made to sit in the police station till 2 am.”Range IG of South Gujarat Rajkumar Pandian told Mirror, “Relationship between the people and police are important. Valsad SP Zala has been asked to take action against the responsible police personnel after investigating the incident.”On the other hand, sources said police have allegedly not taken any action over the wedding of the daughter of popular Surat builder Badshah, despite violation of all Covid guidelines. The wedding was well attended by central ministers, MPs, state ministers and MLAs apart from top officials of the police and other departments. The wedding band on the occasion itself included 150 persons and all guidelines for organising a wedding had allegedly been ignored. This has irked local people.

  • Gujarat: Newly-wed couple, family members held for violating night curfew in Valsad
  • Times of India

    VALSAD: A newly-wed couple and their family members were arrested in Gujarat's Valsad for allegedly violating the night curfew, which has been enforced in several cities to contain the spread of coronavirus, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night when the couple, still in their wedding attire, and their family members travelling in three cars were intercepted on an overbridge around 12.20 am, deputy superintendent of police Manojsinh Chavda said. While the couple claimed that they were made to spend nearly two hours at Valsad city police station on their wedding night, police officials said the duo and their family members were let go once the legal process was completed. Piyush Patel (24), his wife Sonal, along with a driver, were in one car, while other members of the Patel family were in two other cars, an official said, adding that three FIRs were registered in this regard. "As they could not give a satisfactory answer for roaming about during the night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am, all nine persons were taken to the police station. We lodged FIRs against them and allowed them to go as they were granted bail from the police station itself at night," Chavda said. As per the FIRs, the couple and seven others were booked under sections 188 (disobeying police order) and 269 (indulging in a negligent act which may spread the infection) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, it was stated. Following the ordeal, Patel, a resident of Tariyawad area of Valsad, told reporters that the police should have shown a lenient approach after finding out that his family was returning home after the wedding. "Due to such strict action, my wife fell ill today. Since the date, venue and time of my wedding was fixed weeks before the curfew rule came into force, we couldn't return to Valsad before 10 pm. Instead of understanding the situation, we were taken to the police station and made to spend nearly two hours there," Patel said.

Restaurateurs seek police support
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: Even though the state government announced a change in guidelines permitting restaurants to deliver food round the clock, only a few continued delivering till late after restrictions eased from Sunday. A major hindrance was delivery personnel and restaurant workers being stopped by police at check points during curfew hours from 10pm onwards. Representatives of Hotels and Restaurants’ Association, Gujarat, urged the Ahmedabad police commissioner for aid. A representation was made on Tuesday.“We asked the Ahmedabad police commissioner to allow people with identity proof to pass during curfew hours. Our businesses have been hit over the past two years and permitting deliveries round-the-clock is one way for restaurants to sustain. A lot of students, IT professionals, resident doctors and youngsters tend to order in food late at night and this brings us business,” said Narendra Somani, president, HRA, Gujarat.A copy of the representation was also sent to director general of police, Gujarat.HRA estimates suggest that roughly 85% of hoteliers’ and restaurateurs’ revenues come from dine-in business during the evening. However, this has taken a major hit with the curfew being in place from 10pm onwards and with Covid-19 cases witnessing a massive rise.“Permitting deliveries will help restaurants sustain when dine-in footfalls have remained less. We will be grateful if restaurant staffers and food delivery workers are allowed to move during curfew hours with proper ID cards or the department must make provision for curfew passes,” said Somani.

Restaurateurs seek police support
Clarify curfew rules for food delivery
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: Even as the state government announced that restaurants and hotels can deliver food round the clock, very few restaurants have opted to deliver food during curfew hours in the absence of guidelines from the police department as well as the state authorities. The decision allowing 24-hour delivery is well-received by most restaurateurs as students, IT professionals, and resident doctors among others, tend to order in food. However, implementation poses a problem. Dilip Thakkar, an Ahmedabad-based restaurateur said, “We will not start round the clock delivery just yet. Even though the state government has made this announcement, there is no clarity on part of the police department on how restaurant staff will be allowed to move during curfew hours. Once the guidelines come in, we will consider what can be done.”Estimates by restaurateurs suggest that 85% of their revenues come from dine-ins especially during evening hours. However, most restaurants are currently dependent on delivery due to the night curfew. With curfew coming into force at 10pm, they are compelled to shut shop by 9.30pm. Rushad Jinwala, another Ahmedabad-based restaurateur said, “With curfew in place, it makes no sense to carry out deliveries round the clock. Once the police department issues guidelines, we may continue delivery up to 11pm. Many a time, even delivery personnel are not available. They tend to panic and not pick up orders. That not just adds to our food wastage but also to the cost of operations that restaurants incur.”Hotels and Restaurants’ Association (HRA) –Gujarat is set to make a representation before the state police department regarding the guidelines, said Narendra Somani, president of the association.

Clarify curfew rules for food delivery
Covid-19: 17 more towns in Gujarat under night curfew till January 29
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Gandhinagar: With Gujarat witnessing a huge spurt in the number of Covid cases, the government on Friday decided to clamp night curfew in 17 more towns. Curfew will be in force from 10pm to 6am in all these places. The new restrictions will come into force from Saturday and will stay until January 29.While night curfew has already been enforced in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Anand and Nadiad, towns like Surendranagar, Dhrangadhra, Morbi, Wankaner, Dhoraji, Gondal, Jetpur, Kalawad, Godhra, Vejalpore, Navsari, Billimora, Vyara, Vapi, Valsad, Bharuch and Ankleshwar have been added to the list. The test positivity rate in these 17 towns has shown a steep rise.The decision was made by the core committee that met on Friday. A few days ago, the government reduced the number of people who can attend marriages and social, educational, political, and religious functions from 400 to 150.Ahmedabad restaurateur Rushabh Purohit welcomed the core committee’s decision to allow home delivery of food items round the clock, but added that the government needs to frame guidelines of rules for movement of delivery personnel and restaurant staff, as night curfew comes into force from 10pm.“The government needs to frame guidelines which will allow free movement of deliver personnel and restaurant staff who are engaged in providing home delivery services,” Purohit said.

Covid-19: 17 more towns in Gujarat under night curfew till January 29
Footfalls nosedive at restaurants, multiplexes
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: Footfalls at restaurants, multiplexes, and malls have nosedived amid the recent spurt in cases of Covid-19. With a fresh set of guidelines capping the numbers on public gatherings and the extension of night curfew timings, restaurants have seen an 80% dip in footfalls. Takeaway orders have also declined. Multiplexes are compelled to cancel shows with new releases getting postponed in the wake of the rising Covid cases.Dilip Thakkar, an Ahmedabad-based restaurateur, said: “In December, the curfew was imposed after midnight and because of that business was good as we received a lot of footfalls in the evening.” He added: “As compared to December, footfalls have now dipped to barely 10% in the first ten days of January as people have stopped venturing out due to curfew restrictions.” He went on to say: “With the curfew starting at 10pm, we need to shut shop by 9.30pm latest, which means we cannot entertain guests after 8.45pm. This is hurting the business.”Similar is the case with an Ashram Road restaurant where dine-in customers have declined by a sizable 50%.Even takeaway orders have been hit. “The sentiment has nosedived across the city with Covid cases showing a massive spike,” said Baiju Dhanani, another Ahmedabad-based restaurateur. “Therefore, customer footfalls as well as takeaway orders have gone down.”Hoteliers and restaurateurs are pinning their hopes on Uttarayan festivities when at least takeaway order volumes are expected to pick up.Multiplexes have seen an estimated 60-70% decline in customer footfalls and overall business.“Most new film releases which were scheduled in January have now been postponed by a month. We’ve been running the same movies for the past four weeks and naturally viewer interest will decline,” said Niraj Ahuja, general manager of a multiplex on SG Road. Ahuja added: “Moreover, with Covid cases rapidly surging, people have been apprehensive about venturing out for the past ten days which has certainly impacted business.”The owner of another multiplex in Ahmedabad said on the condition of anonymity: “The multiplex business throughout January and February is expected to reel from losses.” He added: “That’s not just because of restrictions and guidelines but also because of deferred releases. The third wave will slow down the recovery of the multiplex business.”

Footfalls nosedive at restaurants, multiplexes
String of corona events cuts down kite prices
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: A couple of days ahead of Uttarayan, kite markets are usually brimming with people, not just through the day but at night as well. The scene is full of life: gleaming lights, shopkeepers screaming out rates, people looking to shop at the last minute for kites, manja, tapes, whistles, and sunglasses. However, with the night curfew beginning from 10pm, shopkeepers are compelled to shut shop early. Besides, muted sentiment in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases has curtailed the buzz at kite markets.Estimates of kitemakers and traders suggest that the overall demand has nosedived by a significant 30%.“As the Kite Festival was cancelled at the last minute, all the orders which we received specific to the festival and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav events from the state government were cancelled,” said Salimbhai Mansuri, a kite manufacturer based in the Kalupur Tower area of the city. Mansuri added: “The cancellations caused a major loss to the business. That apart, the overall sales are low due to the surge in coronavirus infections and low-key festivities.”Initially, kite prices were higher by 20% as compared to last year. For instance, the price of a kodi (a set of 20) of the basic cheel kites —which cost about Rs 100 last year — had gone up to Rs 120. However, soon the Covid cases went up, the announcement of the cancellation of the Kite Festival was made, and fresh restrictions on celebrations were imposed. Kite prices declined once again as a consequence.Iliyas Rangrez, a kite trader in the Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad, said: “The basic cheel kites which were sold at Rs 100 for a set of 20 till December-end now cost Rs 80.” He added: “We had no choice but to reduce prices because the footfalls in the market dramatically went down.” He went on to say: “People are busy during the day and therefore often visit markets at night. But due to the night curfew, not many are venturing out.”Kite manufacturers, in fact, are taking a big hit with the recent reduction in prices. While they have lost a major chunk of their business with dwindling corporate orders and the Kite Festival cancellations, they are also compelled to sell kites at lower rates.Naseruddin Shaikh, a kite shop owner in Jamalpur, said: “Since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, the costs of raw materials that go into making kites have gone up.” The materials include paper and the flexible wooden stick used to hold a kite’s shape. “Despite bearing higher input costs, we’re compelled to sell kites at a lower cost which leaves us with thinner margins and revenues,” Shaikh said. “We had also previously requested the administration to relax market timings and curfew timings so that business can pick up.”

String of corona events cuts down kite prices